Review: Antipodes Do Lipsticks and Powders

I have tried a few Antipodes skincare, from their multi tasking miracle balm to mask to serums. I like most of the stuff and the miracle balm is my family’s go to rescue – for almost everything. I kid you not! When I was sent its makeup a few months ago, I was a little curious. I love my makeup, and funny enough, I never thought of Antipodes as a makeup brand. Why not you ask? Well, my friend, my mind works in all kinds of weird ways :-P

 

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Let’s talk about the powder first.

The Antipodes Performance Plus Skin Brightening Mineral Finishing Powder is a loose white powder. I was initially worried about a white cast from flash photography, but everything’s OK. This powder is supposed to be lightweight and increase makeup wear time. It also promises to mattify and brighten the skin because of Vinanza Performance Plus, a revolutionary antioxidant extract from sauvignon blanc grape seeds and the superfruit kiwi fruit. This powder is also for everyone and anyone, even though with rosacea.

First of all, I’d like to say that the powder is heavy. It is not those feather light powders that fly everywhere when you tap it. It’s more like baby talcum. I buff it into my skin, I pat it into my skin, I sweep it across my face – all of them work perfectly fine, to be honest. This is a finishing powder, so there is no coverage whatsoever. My skin does look semi matte and pores seem more refined, but after a few hours, my oily T-zone does shine and blotting is needed. As most loose powders are, the lasting power isn’t great. For a powder though, it does its job fairly well, but don’t expect face to be shine free the whole day and don’t even think about making your open pores disappear. Ain’t happening here and if you can find something that does that, please let me know :-P

 

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Now the red lipstick. I find this lipstick moisturizing on my lips, and it wears for about 5 hours with drinks and I see signs of fading. Then again, most reds and darker shades last really long on me. I’m also glad to report that it doesn’t make my lips flake like some lipsticks do, and this red is also wearable without being overly intimidating. It can be worn sheer and the finish is satiny.

 

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Below are the swatches. As you can see, the powder isn’t very fine and it’s heavier on the skin. The red, even though it is called Blood Red, is not overwhelming, and I think it complements all skin tones.

 

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Below, I’m only wearing concealer under eyes and around nose then set with powder. No foundation. I filled in my brows, applied mascara and a touch of blush before finishing with the red lipstick. Understated, yet utterly wearable for a casual day out.

 

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What do you think?

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Lily, are you SERIOUSLY not wearing foundation here? WOW!

    I haven’t tried anything from Antipodes yet, and if I do, I think I’ll start from their skincare and we’ll go from there ;)

    • Lily

      Lol I take that as a compliment. I’m really not wearing any foundation here :-) I have concealer though and that helps!

  • Victoria

    Your skin looks so good without foundation. My skin is not as good as yours but I also go to work with only sunscreen, meteorites, eye brow pencil, blush and lipstick. I just find using foundation a hassle since I am always rushing in the morning for work. LOL.

    • Lily

      Thanks Victoria. When I have a good skin day, I take photos!

  • http://www.beautycabby.com/ lyn

    What skincare have you been using on your skin? It looks so good :-)

    • Lily

      Thanks Lyn. I used the whole range of Diorsnow skincare and then was on Estee Lauder micro essence and ANR. Helped heal my skin lots! And I’m drinking lots of water too :-) Now I’m on Pai skincare. When I’m done, I’m going back to Dior.

      • liyeun

        Oh? Dior is better than Pai?

        • Lily

          For me, I can see results using Dior while Pai just maintains it. Maybe it’s due to different skin conditions, but you know, whatever works gets a thumbs up from me :-)

  • liyeun

    hola nice skin! anyway, no buffing needed for this loose powder? I was just thinking to get one myself until I saw this post up! Although it looks good on the photo, you mentioned that the staying power isnt great, so I might change my mind there. I have tried Diorskin Nude loose powder and that stays on me around 8 hours. The limited shades, however, is another problem for Dior. I can’t seem to find myself a good mineral loose powder! :-(

    • Lily

      Thanks Liyuen. I’m not big on mineral loose powder. I used the Dior one before but it was still too pink for me. I still have something from Bare Minerals but I’m not really liking it yet.

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    No foundation? I HATE YOU. (Haha, ILY and you know it!) I never heard of Antipodes makeup until now. The red is nice and you look great, but I’m not overly enthused at this point. I don’t even think we have any retailers that carry Antipodes…

    • Lily

      ILY2! <3

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I LOVE THAT LOOK. Totally fresh, causal, and gorgeous!!!

    • Lily

      Thanks Larie. It’s understated but pulled together, right?

  • http://www.nailsandcupcakes.com/ Isabelle

    If only I could look this radiant without foundation! Your skin is gorgeous, Lily :) Don’t think I’ve seen Antipodes makeup before.. I am planning on buying their honey mask when I’m in London!

    • Lily

      Thanks Isabelle. I love their Manuka Honey Mask! Keeps face hydrated and soft :-)

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Your skin is amazing and I wouldn’t cover it up either if I was you!

    • Lily

      Aaw Thanks Tracy!

  • Icaria

    Wowza!!! No foundation? Why do you even bother? Your skin looks amazing and that lipstick is perfect! :)

    • Lily

      Thanks Helene :-) No foundation, but concealer helps a lot!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    These both sound wonderful! Loving that lippie oh you. I also love the finish from loose setting powders that don’t set too matte. Your skin looks fab!

    • Lily

      Thanks Taylor!